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UVA defends campus alert policy


The University of Virginia is defending its actions after it failed to alert students after a man tried to abduct a student near campus.

Charlottesville police say a 19-year-old student was walking home when a man tried to grab her. She got away and called 911. Police arrested the man a short time later.

The Cleary Act requires schools to issue an alert when a crime occurs on or near campus. The crime must have occurred on or near campus, the crime must be part of a list published by the education department, and the suspect has to still be at large.

In a letter sent to students, the university said this crime did not fit all three requirements and that they are following the Cleary Act guidelines.

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